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Offline 35th-scale

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Panda Cougar JERRV
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:31:59 PM »
Next project: Panda Cougar JERRV in my favourite 1/35 scale.

A JERRV (Joint EOD Rapid Response Vehicleor Joint Engineering Rapid Response Vehicle) is any vehicle that United States military engineers and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) units use in war zones such as Iraq. In this case based on the 6x6 Cougar built by Force Protection Inc. In 2004, the new Cougar was designed by a small British-led team in the US at Force Protection, Inc., in response to an urgent requirement by the US Marine Corps. This was a new design, developed in the US, based on an evolution of vehicle mine-protection technology used by the South African Army and Rhodesian Security Forces since the 1970s. The very first sketches of the new vehicle were made in late March 2004 in response to those initial USMC inquiries. The rapid development and production that followed was based upon the USMC request that the first vehicle be delivered within 6 months of an order - which was subsequently placed in mid-April 2004 for 27 units.

Back to the kit: there is an awful lot of plastic in the box



Some of you may recall my early comments on the Panda M-ATV. The under carriage was a nightmare, but it still built into a lovely vehicle which is why I decided to risk another Panda kit. Glad I did too: it's so much easier to assemble. 2 good evenings at the bench have got the undercarriage completed





There are some small draws and more than a few bits of excess glue in trying to get it all together but overall I'm happy with it.

Now to start on the interior....

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 08:15:56 PM »
Latest lesson learned: pay attention to the instructions. There are two interior bases in the box and of course I used the wrong one. Thankfully hadn't attached too much stuff but did lose one of the pedals taking the front plate off





And well recovered now:


The gunners pedestal has 13 parts!


But actually goes together very nicely....


In really liking this kit. 😀

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 08:30:14 PM »
You like to take the easy option, don't you, mate! ;D
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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 09:47:26 PM »
After the Buffalo and M-ATV this one is a breeze Wombat! :D

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2016, 10:42:56 AM »
From the size of the Tamiya bottle in the background, it looks like a smaller kit than I had expected.

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2016, 08:09:49 PM »
It's not that small Frank. Next pic I'll put something beside it for comparison

Some more progress with the storage cabinets and bins attached



They do make it look a bit bulkier

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2016, 04:45:02 AM »
Hmmm...as a alternative (in line with the Non-Military GB currently underway), one might use this kit as the basis for a Paris-Dakar Rally style vehicle:

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2016, 09:56:39 AM »
I want that for driving to work on the express way!
Express way, now that's an ironic term for it.

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2016, 03:21:47 PM »
That would certainly be a colourful version but I think the M-ATV would be better suited to the Pars-Dakar or the (non-)expressway

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2016, 11:57:49 PM »
Wow, that's a huge engine compartment. I just noticed the optics mast on the box top. I hope the kit has monitors, etc. inside.

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2016, 10:44:23 AM »
Looking at the stack of parts sprues, it looks like it could have everything - including the kitchen sink! :o
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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2016, 10:14:53 PM »
Hmmm...as a alternative (in line with the Non-Military GB currently underway), one might use this kit as the basis for a Paris-Dakar Rally style vehicle: <...>

Cougar MRAP - for when you want to race the original Rallye Paris-Dakar!  >:D
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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2016, 06:09:52 AM »
There are monitors, 2 I think, but no sink 😀

Now ready to start the painting


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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2016, 12:31:39 PM »
At least it looks like the kit includes most of the interior furnishings instead of having to mess around with PE parts.

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Re: Panda Cougar JERRV
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2016, 08:49:48 PM »
There is a reasonable amount according to the instructions Kerick: fire extinguishers, 2 monitors both for the front passenger, 1 radio only in the rack and a few little doo-dahs here and there. It also comes with a Talon robot which is actually the AFV Club kit.

But that would never be enough for me. It needs another monitor at least for the Talon operator in the back. With all the aerials I'll have to put a lot more radio gear inside. And I'll fill it up with boxes, backpacks, ammo cans, Pelican cases and anything else I can find lying around. It has to "look busy" :)